Florida patient stories

  1. After a Liver Transplant, Financial Adviser Turns to Helping Others

    Owning a successful financial planning firm for 20 years taught Terrance McMahon to plan for the future and for the unexpected. On May 26, 2016, all those years of planning became critical for Terrance. That day, heart palpitations sent him to a local hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he lived. Although he thought he [...]

  2. Minimally Invasive Polyp Removal Helps Prevent Colon Cancer

    For years, Rosa Isern has thoroughly enjoyed her job with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, where soldiers, airmen and their families purchase goods and services. Her work has taken her around the world on several tours overseas, including stints in Iraq, Afghanistan, Greenland and Djibouti. In 2015, however, Rosa's future became uncertain when [...]

  3. Racing Ahead to a New Career After a Brain Injury

    Just four months after being in a coma, Mike Short was crawling through tunnels, jumping over fiery logs, and scaling walls as part of a 5K race known as a "rugged maniac." The Georgia native owes his ability to participate in the race to the neurocritical care team at Mayo Clinic that helped him recover [...]

  4. Hearing Loss Spurs Doctor to Pay it Forward

    Today, Greta Stamper, Au.D., Ph.D., is a doctor of audiology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic?s Florida campus. But her connection to Mayo Clinic dates all the way back to her childhood. Growing up in Iowa, Dr. Stamper was introduced to Mayo at age 10, when her parents took her to see Michael [...]

  5. Teamwork Gives Maureen Connell an Accurate Diagnosis and Much-Needed Relief From Hydrocephalus

    Barry Connell couldn?t be happier to have his wife of 53 years, Maureen, back. Though the couple spent 16 years traveling cross-country after Barry retired as president of a manufacturing company in Connecticut, nothing prepared them for the difficult journey they would embark on when Maureen?s health began to decline rapidly in 2015. For the [...]

  6. Battling an Autoimmune Disorder Changes James Boddie?s Retirement Plans

    In April 2005, nine months after retiring from his job as assistant superintendent of Osseo School District in Maple Grove, Minnesota, James Boddie had a heart attack while riding his bike in Florida. When he arrived by helicopter at a local hospital in Bonita Springs, he was told he had 100 percent blockage in his [...]

  7. Mitral Clip Gets a Fisherman Back on the Water

    Fishing has been a big part of 83-year-old Bob Hamme's life since he was a child. "I just enjoy being out on the water or near water and fishing, just being with nature," he says. After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure due a leaky mitral valve, Bob was not only unable to enjoy fishing, [...]

  8. Innovative Multiple Myeloma Care Renews a Pilot?s Energy and Outlook

    At 81 years old, Harold Rogers has had quite a ride. For 30 years, the St. Mary?s, Georgia, resident was an air traffic controller and corporate jet pilot. But nothing prepared Harold for a diagnosis in early 2009 of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells inside bone marrow, which is considered incurable. ?I?d [...]

  9. Local Politician Doesn't Skip a Beat With Mechanical Heart Pump

    While Walter "Junior" Boatright was running for a second term as Nassau county commissioner in northeast Florida in November 2012, he started to feel winded. At first, he chalked it up to getting older and just not having the same energy he used to, while campaigning 15 hours a day. But after the campaign was [...]

  10. Playing Piano Again After Stroke Is Music to Judith Johnson?s Ears

    In October 2016, Judith Johnson, Ph.D. ? who is retired from the library at Florida State College at Jacksonville ? was at home recovering from back surgery. While she was sitting in bed talking on the phone with a friend, something suddenly went wrong. Judith felt herself sliding in between the bed and the nightstand. [...]

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